Magnetic

An interpreter for Magnetic Scrolls adventures

Written by Niclas Karlsson

Amiga: David Kinder

BeOS: Tinic Uro

Glk: Simon Baldwin

Maemo5: Luca Donaggio

Unix/X11: Jeff Mitchell

DOS: Stefan Jokisch, David Kinder

EPOC: Simon Quinn

GTK: David Lodge, Torbjörn Andersson

Palm OS: Jeff Mitchell

Windows: David Kinder

DOS 32bit: David Kinder

GEM: Dan Ackerman

MacOS X: Jan Schliemann

RISC OS: Shaun Lindsley, Phil Mellor

Java: Stefan Meier

HTML/Javascript: Stefan Meier

What do you need for playing?

(1) the story files;
(2) optionally the graphics files;
(3) optionally the title screen
(4) optionally the hint files for Magnetic Windows games
(5) documentation from the original packages;
(6) the Magnetic interpreter.

The required files and the interpreter can be downloaded from this page. Most parts of the original game manuals are available as scans on the game pages.

How does it work ?

A documentation is included with the interpreter and available below. Please refer to the specific Magnetic version.

What about the Magnetic Windows versions ?

The games using Magnetic Windows are supported by Magnetic 2.x.

Download Magnetic 2.3 binaries

Magnetic 2.3 for Amiga

written by David Kinder
Magnetic 2.3 for Amiga
Download

Magnetic 2.3 for DOS

written by David Kinder
Magnetic 2.3 for DOS
16bit / 32bit

Magnetic 2.3 for Java

written by Stefan Meier
Magnetic 2.3 for Java
JMagnetic 2

Magnetic 2.3 for Javascript/HTML

written by Stefan Meier
Magnetic 2.3 for Javascript/HTML
Magnetic Scripts

Magnetic 2.3 for MacOS X

written by Jan Schliemann
Magnetic 2.3 for MacOS X
Download

Magnetic 2.3 for Maemo5

written by Luca Donaggio
Magnetic 2.3 for Maemo5
i386 / ARM

Magnetic 2.3 for OpenPandora

written by Robert P. Krawczyk
Magnetic 2.3 for OpenPandora
Download

Magnetic 2.3 for Ubuntu

written by Jarek
Magnetic 2.3 for Ubuntu
i386 / amd64

Magnetic 2.3 for Windows

written by David Kinder
Magnetic 2.3 for Windows
Download
Download the Magnetic 2.3 source code

Magnetic 2.3 combined source distribution
contains the generic source code plus the specific files for Amiga, DOS, DOS/32, glk, GTK, and Windows ports

MagneticX 2 sources
Magnetic 2.3 for Mac OS X by Jan Schliemann

Download old Magnetic packages
Download game files for the interpreter

Important note:
The rights on the games are held by Magnetic Scrolls Ltd, which belongs to Anita Sinclair and Ken Gordon. Their games, sadly enough, have been unavailable for years, so there are very few options left to play the games in a legitimate way. The reason for making the interpreter files and the game related materials available here is to prevent the loss of the games. Anita and Ken - very nice people indeed - both know the Memorial pages and didn't object to the contents, so I assume that the page is in their spirit and the availabilty of the materials on these pages is tolerated. Of course this is not a legal entitlement and obviously the materials can only be used for personal, strictly non-commercial purposes.

Normally you want to choose the full game package unless you need individual data files. The full packages are just archives containing all files for a game.

Please note:

  • Magnetic Windows games are supported by Magnetic 2 interpreters only.
  • The "hq" music files contain MP3 files of slightly higher quality (128kBit/s, 44kHz) than the older files (24kBit/s, 16kHz), otherwise they are equal. Because of the nature of the original music scores you will probably notice few differences. The Corruption alternative score was taken from the Archimedes version and uses some slightly different instruments. The Wonderland archive contains both the title music as MP3 and the snd file for the ingame music (Magnetic 2.3 compatible port required)
  • The hint file for the Collection games contains the hints for all three games (as in the original game)